Sep 26 2018 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter



September 30 Manitoba Dance Day
October 1 Last day for withdrawals and class changes
October 8 Thanksgiving – no RD classes
October 10 – 14 RWB Company presents The Handmaid’s Tale
October 14 RWB Company auditions for Nutcracker and Romeo & Juliet
October 31 Halloween (RD Classes running)


Parents are prohibited from observing classes on the 2nd floor from the 3rd floor balcony. This can be distracting for the students and teacher. Many of the studios have small windows on the doors for parents to catch a brief look; however that too can be distracting for prolonged periods of time. We invite you to come right into the studio in November for our Fall Parent Observation class. We will be happy to show you everything your children are doing!

Due to privacy protection regulations, parents are not permitted to take pictures or video any portion of their child’s class, whether through the windows or in the studio during Observation Week. Parents are welcome to take pictures of their children in the studio by themselves or with the teacher AFTER the class if time permits.

Students and parents are not permitted to be on the 4th floor at any time. Students whose classes are scheduled on the 4th floor should remain in the Atrium (2nd floor) until 5 minutes before their class begins at which time they should take the stairs to the 4th floor. All students Level 2 and lower are to meet their teacher in the Atrium and they will be escorted to the 4th floor. At the end of their classes they are to make their way back to the Atrium.

The RWB building is not only a School, but also a place of business. While in the building, students, parents, and siblings are asked to respect the shared space and keep noise levels to a minimum. Quiet activities are permitted in the waiting areas; the tables in the Atrium are available for students to complete their school work and provide a clean environment to eat their meals while waiting for classes. Students and parents are encouraged to share the space appropriately. If you are not using the table, please allow others to use it.

Students are reminded that they should be taking the stairs when going between floors. This ensures that the elevator is left free for those who require stair-free access.

The 2018-19 School Office hours are as follows*:

October 1, 2018 – June 2019

  • Monday-Friday: 8:00am – 8:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 11:00am -4:30pm

* School Office hours are subject to change without prior notice.


The Manitoba Hydro Satellite Programs are an extension of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Recreational Division
and offer dance programming to students in rural Manitoba. This year we are running dance programs in Altona (taught
by Emily Bergen), St. Malo (taught by Karyn Maertens), Eriksdale (taught by Alenna Mark and Chelsea Humble) and
new this year is a program in Riverton, MB taught by Emily Berg en. The RWB School Recreational Division would
like to extend a huge thank you to Manitoba Hydro for their continued support of this program and to the volunteer
coordinators in each community who donate countless hours to ensure these programs run successfully.


We are excited to announce that once again the RWB is partnering with Dance Manitoba and Rainbow Stage to
present Manitoba Dance Day on Sunday, September 30! As a part of Culture days, this event will take place at the
Royal Winnipeg Ballet building, and will be a fun afternoon of dance for all ages. There will be classes for beginners
and those with experience for ages 6 and up, adults and parents are welcome and encouraged to participate. Each
participant will learn a piece of Hip Hop choreography that will be performed at the end of the afternoon.

The schedule for this event is as follows:
11:30 Registration
12:00 Group Warm up
12:15-2:30 Learning of Choreography
3:00 Performance


This year, Hallowe’en falls on a Tuesday. Students are welcome to wear their costumes to class to celeb rate the event
during the week leading up to the event (October 25 – 31). This being said, we ask that parents ensure costumes do
not restrict movement and allow your child to dance without hurting others. Props and masks will not be allowed in


Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood

Acclaimed choreographer Lila York preserves author Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale’s prophetic spirit and
human story, creating a powerful and poignant interpretation of this gripping tale. York’s dance drama transports
audiences, with thrilling effect, to an oppressive, dystopian world.

**Reminder** As a patron of the RWB School you receive discounts to company performances including The
Handmaid’s Tale on October 10 - 14, 2018. In previous years, you were sen t a seperate email with the code included,
for the 2018/19 season we will be posting the code on bulletin board outside the school office wo weeks before opening



The RWB will be holding auditions for their annual Nutcracker performances to be presented from December 19-29 at
the Centennial Concert Hall. Recreational Division students are invited to attend an audition for the roles of Mounties,
mice, party children, angels, reindeer and polar bears on Sunday, October 14! Parents can pick up registration forms
from the School Office to be filled out in advance of the audition . Dancers between the ages of 7-12 years old must be
within the height range of 3’8” and 4’10”. Dancers between the ages of 12-15 years old must be within the height range
of 5’0” and 5’6”. All participants are asked to submit a headshot with their audition registration (school photos will be
accepted). Registration forms, student measurements and headshots will be accepted during registration on the day of
the audition date only. Registration forms will be available at the School Office.


11:15-12:00 Registration for 7 & 8 year olds
12:00-1:00 Audition for 7 & 8 year olds
12:15-1:15 Registration for 9-12 year olds
1:15-2:15 Audition for 9-12 year olds
1:30-2:30 Registration for 12-15 year olds
2:30-3:00 Audition for 12 -15 year olds


We are excited to announce that the RWB is holding auditions for childrens’ roles in their upcoming production of
Romeo & Juliet. These auditions will be held on Sunday, October 14 for children aged 7 – 15 years who are between
3’8” and 5’. All participants are asked to submit a headshot with their audition registration (school photos will be
accepted). Registration forms, student measurements and headshots will be accepted during registration on the day of
the audition date only. Registration forms will be available at the School Office.


2:45 – 3:15 Registration
3:15 – 4:15 Audition


The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is pleased to be able to offer our Rec reational Division students discounted parking in our
Parkade located adjacent to the RWB building off of Edmonton Street. Students and parents will be able to park in the
RWB Parkade for $2 when Recreational Division classes are scheduled.

How to receive discounted parking (VALID ONLY from September 9, 2018 to June 13, 2019/only valid for entry
into parkade after 5pm on weekdays as well as anytime on weekends):

  • Pull a ticket from the machine upon entry to the RWB Parkade
  • Come to the RWB Reception on the first floor to pay for your $2 parking where you will receive a pass to exit
  • When exiting the Parkade, provide the machine with 2 tickets. 1st the ticket you received upon entry, and 2nd the discounted the ticket you received from RWB reception.
  • A cash-only system will be in place for purchases of 1-9 tickets . Families wishing to purchase multiple tickets of (10-20) can do so by cash, credit card, or debit.
  • Please be aware that discounted parking is only available during regular RWB Reception hours, finishing at 7:30pm. Tickets will not be available for purchase from the School Office or Security.
  • Please be advised that from June 1-13, 2019 a maximum of 5 tickets will be sold.

2018-19 Parking Cards for MTS Center Event Nights:

Upon request, all registered students will be issued an official 2018-19 RWB Parking Card (a maximum of 2 cards will be issued per student) from RWB Reception. RWB Parking Cards are non-transferable

  • On an event night, parents and students wishing to park in the RWB Parkade at the discounted rate can do so (space permitting) by showing their assigned pass to the parking attendant. A ticket can be pulled from the machine as described above upon entry, and payment can proceed as described above.
  • Students and parents unable to provide their assigned pass to the parking attendant will be required to pay full event parking fare, accepted in cash only.
  • Damaged parking passes can be replaced by producing/returning the original pass to the RWB Reception to receive a replacement.
  • Lost RWB Parking Cards may be replaced for a fee of $100.

Parking in the RWB Drive Through/Fire Lane:

The RWB Drive Through is for pick up and drop off only. All vehicles left unattended in the RWB Drive Through/Fire Lane will be towed. Vehicle owners will be responsible for any charges or damages associated with their vehicle being towed from RWB property. Warnings will not be issued.

We look forward to providing you with this convenient parking option, and encourage all parents and students to take advantage of this exclusive opportunity for RWB students and parents


The school office would also like to remind any students who have not submitted their Manitoba Health numbers and any other pertinent information to do so as soon as possible.